New HTC HD Mini Rom released

HTC has just released a new ROM for the HTC HD Mini today. This 1.36 ROM updates improves the following:

Improved Functions:

1. The trimmer bar will slide smoothly while trimming the mp3.

2. Enhance the system performance and stability.

3. Improves the ringtone sound quality.

You can grab the following files direct on HTC’s support site and don’t forget to check out my HD Mini review if you haven’t already:

Greece: 1.36.482.1, Portugal: 1.36.410.1, France: 1.36.406.1, Denmark: 1.36.403.1,

Italy: 1.36.408.1, Europe: 1.36.401.1, Spain: 1.36.412.1, Russian Federation: 1.36.411.1,

Sweden: 1.36.413.1, Germany: 1.36.407.1, Nederland: 1.36.404.1, East Europe: 1.36.479.1,

Norway: 1.36.409.1

Source: HTC

Spotify for Windows Mobile 6.5 to be released within a month

According to WinMobile.SE the famous music streaming application, Spotify will launch on Windows Mobile 6.5 within a week. Availibilty will depend on your country (the service is currently available in Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom). The application will supposedly support all the Spotify features like Offline Mode, Multi Tasking, multi-resolution support, Save offline audio files to phone, or storage card etc…The question on everybody’s mind right now is probably; Will there be a Windows Phone 7  Spotify application? First off, the WP7 version (if there’s one in the making) will not support multi-tasking in its initial release (like the WP7 version of Pandora). But Microsoft already has a solution for this: Zune. The Zune player coupled with the Zune Pass will let you stream unlimited music to your phone and because it is a native application you will be able to multi-task while listening to your favorite tunes.

Source: WinMobile.se via WMPU

LG Fanthom VS750 Review

Ready for some not-so-exciting review? The boys at PhoneArena have just wraped up their LG Fanthom VS750 review and have given it a failry high score (8/10) even thought I think that it doesn’t deserve it. The LG Fanthom VS750 is going to be one of the last Windows Mobile 6.X device ever and doesn’t bring ANYTHING new to the table. The screen resitive, the design is horrible and the OS is as good as dead (and there’s no custome UI at all) etc. So why would anybody buy this device?

You’ve heard of the saying “timing is everything”, and in the case of the LG Fathom VS750, timing is against it. Windows Mobile smartphones are no longer the only game in town, as we now have Android and webOS. Furthermore, Windows Phone 7 devices are on the horizon, so die-hard WinMo fans are waiting to see what that will bring. At this point, we can only see someone buying the LG Fathom VS750 if they absolutely must have a Windows Mobile device right now that has a QWERTY keyboard and also includes global roaming capabilities.

With that said, the LG Fathom VS750 is a pretty well-rounded smartphone by itself. Our only real concerns with the device are its resistive screen and poor call quality.

Hummm…ok. I’ll wait for the LG Panther thanks..

Check out the video after the break:

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HTC HD Mini software update fixing the ringtone sound quality released

HTC has just released a small softaware fix for the HTC HD Mini to fix the ringtone sound quality:

This update improves the ringtone sound quality.

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM versions equal to 1.35.xxx.x, or lower.

Head over here to download it.

Source: HTC

LG Fanthom Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset announcement and hands-on

LG has just unveiled what is apparently going to be their last Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset, the LG Fanthom. The device is a world-phone (WCDMA & GSM) and will be Verizon’s only WM 6.5.3 handset. The Fanthom definitely isn’t the hottest phone of the year, it features SnapDragon SoC clocked at 1Ghz but sadly has a 3.2″ resistive” WVGA touchscreen…this aint no LG Panther…Check out the full press release below and MobileBurn’s hands-on video:
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HTC HD Mini Review: is it worth it?

Announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the HTC HD Mini is the company’s latest (and probably one of the last) Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset to hit the market. Marketed as a slimmed down version of the HTC HD2 the HD Mini’s announcement was unfortunately overshadowed by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 unveiling one day earlier. How does it stack up against HTC’s similar priced and speced Android devices especially now that we know that not a single WM 6.X device will ever be upgradable to Windows Phone 7? Time to review the HTC HD Mini.

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The HTC HD Mini has arrived

I’ve just received the HTC HD Mini for review thanks to the good folks at HTC. I’ll take my time to review it thoroughly. So if you have any questions don’t hesite to send me an email, post a comment or use Twitter. I’ll do videos, grab some photos and most importantly use the the HD Mini as my main phone for a couple of days.

HTC HD Mini unboxing video

Here’s a short unboxing video of the HTC HD Mini Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone. Nothing really exciting I guess (it also looks like a pre-production unit/sample). You can check out my quick hands-on videos here and here (lockscreen & multi-touch in IE Mobile)

Source: Youtube

Acer NeoTouch P300 review


SlashGear has just posted a review of Acer’s latest Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device, the neoTouch P300. There’s frankly not much to say about it other than wonder who is going to buy such a low-end handset.The neoTouch is still powered by the MSMS 7201 SoC that everybody loves to hate, has a resistive WQVGA touchscreen and runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3. Frankly, any Android handset would be better. Here’s their conclusion:

Not much consumer attraction, then, but as a solid business device the P300 doesn’t break the bank or let you down in day to day functionality. It’s easy to become blinkered when faced with the latest and greatest cellphones day in, day out, and lose track of the fact that, for many buyers, basic features are all that’s really needed. Still, we’d probably look to budget Android devices ourselves; the HTC Hero may not have a hardware keyboard, but it’s only £20 (pre-tax) more. Our lasting concern is the longevity of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 – or, more accurately, the lack of it – since there’s no chance that the neoTouch P300 would see an upgrade to Windows Phone 7 later in the year. Nevertheless, even if superseded, the software will still do everything you asked of the P300 on the day you bought it, and there’s a considerable catalog of third-party apps available through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile that won’t run on a WP7 handset. We’d be happier if the P300 had a little more shaved off the price – a sub-£200 SIM-free smartphone would make for a decent argument – but if your ambitions are merely moderate and you’re dedicated to Exchange then the Acer is a reasonable no-frills budget buy.

Source: SlashGear

Windows Mobile 6.5.2 update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 released


Looks like the Sony Ericssondidn’t forget the handful (or maybe less…) of Xperia X2 users and released the promised MR1 Windows Mobile 6.5.2 update today. To grab it you’ll just have to SE’s Update service here. The MR1 update supposedly includes video calling, improved GPS performance and FM Radio access (it wasn’t enabled before?).

Source: Sony Ericsson via Pocketnow

Toshiba K01 headed to Japan’s KDDI in june, renamed IS02

Japanese carrier AU/KDDI just announced that the Toshiba IS02 (aka Toshiba K01) will launch in June although no pricing info was revealed. The K01 also passed the FCC certification yesterday which means that it will probably be globally available this summer. For more K01 info head over here.

Source: AU via Engadget

Sony Ericsson Aspen preview

Here’s a first impression video of the recently announced Sony Ericsson Aspen smartphone. The Aspen is one of the first Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone that will be sold this year and probably the last from SE before they switch to Windows Phone 7 Series. The phone is primary aimed at business user so don’t expect SE to really market the device all over the place. They will instead push really hard behind the new line of Android based X10 line of devices.

Source: Tracy & Matt

Toshiba TG02 hands-on pictures

The Toshiba TG02 which is the successor of the infamous TG01 (the first ever SnapDragon powered device) was announced 2 days ago in Barcelona during MWC and is expected to ship in the first half of this year. The TG02 is nearly identical to the its older bother, to only new addition with the capacitive touchscreen and a smaller chassis (the TG01 is wider). The handset is running Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and will ship with SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 as the main UI. The TG02 fits definitely better in the hand but still lacks a 3.5mm Jack and the camera is the same 3.2Mpx with no flash.

HTC HD Mini Hands-on

The HTC HD Mini is probably the HTC handset that has the best build quality. From the industrial screws on the back to the funky yellow colored internals, the whole packaged feels like it is made to last. The Mini is definitely less powerful than the HD2 but compensates this by being a ton more easier to use with one hand. The handsets currently available at MWC are running a slightly modified version of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 that features a new lock screen, pinch-to-zoom in IE Mobile and not Start soft key (check ou my previous video here).

HTC HD Mini’s new Lock Screen & Multi-Touch enabled IE Mobile video

Here’s a short video of the new Lock Screen featured on the HTC HD Mini and the new multi-touch enabled version of IE Mobile. The HD Mini seems to be running a slightly modified version of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (notice there’s no big start button on the lower left…).

Sony Ericsson Aspen hands-on video

Here’s a short hands-on video of the Sony Ericsson Aspen smartphone. As you can see SE did a pretty good job with their custom UI (panels) running on top of Windows Mobile 6.5.3, especially the media player. The Aspen’s physical size is also compared to he iPhone and Nokia N900 at the end of the video:

Source: Mobile-Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Windows Mobile 6.5.X updates scheduled


Sony Ericsson have just announced the future upgrade path of the Xperia X2. As you already know the handset will ship with Windows Mobile 6.5 but unlike the X1 the company is now promising several updates in the months following the availability of the product:

In March, we’ll launch our first upgrade (MR1). It will upgrade Windows Mobile from 6.5.1 to 6.5.2 (which will improve both the stability and usability of the device), it will bring in the use of video telephony, an FM radio and it will introduce fast GPS to get a quicker fix. As well as all this, MR1 will upgrade a lot of the applications in the phone to improve speed, usability and fix any bugs we find.

The second update will go live in May and this will be a big one as it moves Windows mobile onto 6.5.3. This is a significant upgrade in terms of usability, performance, power management and the browser experience.

That’s the extent of our plans at the moment but I’ll update this post as we make any more decisions.

Thanks. Aaron

(ps. Before anyone asks, no it won’t ever go onto Windows Mobile 7, it won’t support the hardware.)

Frankly I didn’t expect SE to do this. So, kudos to them for supporting the product especially after all the delays.

Source: Sony Xperia Blog thanks for the tip Mike

Sony Ericsson Aspen unveiled


The Sony Ericsson Aspen was just announced a few hours ago. You may remember this device as the Faith I reported about no long ago. The Aspen is now the second Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone officially announced (the first being the Garmin-Asus M10) and sports a tiny 2.4 QVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY candybar form factor. It also looks like the handset is running SPB Mobile Shell as the main UI (the Aspen also comes with SPB Weather & Traveler pre-installed):

Sony Ericsson Aspen™

Camera

3.2 megapixel camera
4x digital zoom
Multishot
Self timer
Smart contrast
Music

Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Equalizer
Sony Ericsson media player
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™
Stereo speakers
Windows Media® Player Mobile
Web

Bookmarks
Google™ search
Internet Explorer® Mobile
Pan & zoom
Web feeds
Voice

Polyphonic ringtones
Speakerphone
Vibrating alert
Messaging

Email
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
Handwriting recognition
Instant messaging
Picture messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
Design

Auto rotate
Media browser
Picture wallpaper
Full keyboard
Touchscreen
Wallpaper animation
Windows Phone®
Entertainment

3D games
Facebook™
FM radio with RDS
Java™
Skype™
Video streaming
Video viewing
YouTube™
Organiser

Adobe® PDF Reader
Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Flight mode
Microsoft Office® Mobile
Notes
Outlook® Mobile
Phone book
Stopwatch
Tasks
Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack
A-GPS
Bluetooth™ technology
Google Maps™
Micro USB connector
Modem
Synchronisation
USB mass storage support
USB support
Wi-Fi™
Applications and panels

SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 (Professional)
SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 (Lifestyle)
SEMC Greenheart Panel
Microsoft Today
Facebook™
Panel Manager
SlideView
Google Maps Latitude
Google Mobile Application
Send My Location
Unified Search Application
SPB Traveler and Weather combo
Skype
YouTube™ panel
Communication City/Day
Communication City/Night
CNN
On-The-Road Panel
Windows® Live
Twitter
Gokivo Weather Panel
Eco mate application
GreenHeart™ indentity

GreenHeart™ panel
Power saving mode
Eco mate application
E-manual
Waterborne painting
Recycle materials (Green charger, Green PHF, Green Box.
Screen

65,536 colour TFT
2.4 inches
240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)
Accessories

In-Box:
Sony Ericsson Aspen™
Battery
Green charger
HPM-60J GreenHeart™ Stereo portable handsfree
3.5mm jack
Micro USB cable
E-manual
Optional:
Bluetooth™ Noise Shield Handsfree VH700
Dual connect charger
4GB MicroSD card
Car charger
Facts

Size: 117 x 60 x 12.45 mm
Weight: 130 grams
Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.5.3
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 10 hours
Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 450hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 8 hours
Standby time: UMTS: Up to 600 hrsMusic listening time: Up to 12hrs
Availability and versions

Networks
UMTS HSPA 900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS HSPA 850/900/2100
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Available in selected markets in Q2 2010
Colour

Iconic Black
White Silver

The Sony Ericsson Aspen is headed for a Q2 2010 release.

Source: Sony Ericsson

Short Garmin-Asus M10 preview


ZDnet Asia just posted a short write-up about the newly announced Garmin-Asus M10 Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone. There isn’t much to learn from it besides the actual price of the device which is said to be around $354. The M10 is also expected to be launched soon in Taiwan (and in mid-march in Asia).

One of the complaints we had about the M20 was its small 2.8-inch VGA display which makes in-car navigation impractical. The new M10 improves on this with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, which should help when you need to take a quick glance at the map while driving.

Another impressive specification on the M10 is its 512MB RAM. That’s a lot of memory for running applications and should go some way in making the device more responsive for users. Furthermore, there’s 512MB ROM for installing apps, another 4GB of storage built-in and even a microSD card slot if you need even more space.

Source: ZDNEt Asia & Garmin-Asus